Skabelon:EraG1 ← Back to Sets § 2008

2008 is the eighth year of BIONICLE sets.



Banner featuring the winter wave


Banner featuring the summer wave

Small sets returned to their typical release schedule, with six Matoran corresponding to the six canister sets released for the winter; for the first time, the Matoran packaging used more than cardboard, mixing it with plastic stalagmite/stalactite pieces.

Canister sets for the winter divided the heroes and villains unlike previous years, with three Toa (half of the returning Toa Nuva) facing off against three Makuta, all marketed under the same banner of "Phantoka". A large boxed set also saw wide release, depicting the "Toa" Ignika riding a Skyboard.

Two special-edition large box sets were also released in the winter, both villain characters: Icarax, with an geared action-feature arm, and Mutran & Vican, a Makuta with a Matoran that could attach like the canister and small sets did.

In the summer, the canister sets contained the same hero/villain divide, with the other three Toa Nuva returning to face off against three more Makuta, this time known collectively as "Mistika".The Matoran sets were advertised to connect to the canister sets like in the winter wave, although with no story significance.

Though playsets did not make a return, the summer box sets depicted large battle vehicles, with a canister-sized figure riding a large machine of some kind. Three vehicles - Vultraz, a Matoran figure and his included Skyfighter, Jetrax T6, and Axalara T9 - each included a Midak Skyblaster; another set, Rockoh T3, came with a repurposed Zamor Launcher. The last of the wide-release Titan sets depicted Takanuva, in an enlarged form, and came with a Skyblaster and new Avohkii mold.

Two special-edition box sets were additionally released in the summer. The first was a brand-new model depicting the Matoran Mazeka and his turret vehicle the Swamp Strider, which utilized a Zamor Launcher with multiple clips of ammunition. The second was a recolor of the Jetrax T6 set, with yellow elements replacing the blue and silver ones.

A small promotional set also was included in the LEGO Magazine's "Brickmaster" initiative, featuring the Rahi Klakk.

2008 saw the largest increase of price in sets (the cost of the canister sets rose from $9.99 USD to $12.99 USD during the year) since the line began. While the U.S. typically had the lowest prices of LEGO worldwide,[1] rising costs of oil and plastic contributed to the cost change.Skabelon:CN

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All of the Matoran used larger, prebuilt pieces (resulting in fewer parts overall), and utilized new head pieces for their Kanohi masks. Each Matoran could physically connect to one of the canister sets (both winter and summer) with an included pin piece.

All four winter Toa characters wielded a new projectile launcher, the Midak Skyblaster, while the Makuta were built with ribcages housing Tridax Pods and Shadow Leeches.

The summer Makuta carried Nynrah Ghost Blasters, and the Toa Nuva carried similar Adaptive Weapons that had slight differences in-story but were functionally identical in the sets. These launchers had a pump that could be compressed to launch plastic dart ammunition.

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See also[]

  • Gallery:Building Instructions § 2008

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